In this book, the author, press secretary to Mikhail Gorbachev, highlights top-level meetings with Western leaders; State Council debates on a new treaty of union; and Gorbachev's private talks with leading members of government, business, and religious and cultural circles around the world.
1. Mending the Breach 2. Reinforcements from the Second Front 3. On a Crumbling Verge 4. A President Without a Country 5. One Last Mission for the Union 6. On the Eve of the Seventy-Fourth Anniversary of the October Revolution 7. The Mirage of a Confederal State 8. "A Free Man with Nothing to Fear" 9. "A Cloud in Trousers" 10. Fight to the Finish 11. Final Hours 12. Checking the Pulse 13. Last Rites 14. Burying a Time Capsule 15. Departure